Changes in productivity, psychological wellbeing and physical wellbeing from working in a 'green' building.

  title={Changes in productivity, psychological wellbeing and physical wellbeing from working in a 'green' building.},
  author={Andrew Thatcher and K. Milner},
  volume={49 3},
BACKGROUND Based on improvements in indoor environmental quality claims are that 'green' buildings are healthier and promote greater productivity than conventional buildings. However, the empirical evidence over the last decade has been inconclusive, usually with flawed study designs. OBJECTIVE This study explored whether a 'green' building leads to a healthier, more productive work environment. METHODS A one-year, longitudinal comparison of two groups of employees of a large commercial… 

Tables from this paper

Re-evaluation of a LEED Platinum Building: Occupant experiences of health and comfort.

To re-evaluate occupant experiences within a LEED platinum building and investigate current experiences in general, an online post occupancy evaluation of 62 occupants of LEED Platinum building on a US college campus addressed indoor environmental quality in relation to health, productivity and satisfaction.

Health and Wellbeing in Modern Office Layouts: The Case of Agile Workspaces in Green Buildings

At this moment in time, there exists the opportunity not only to report the effects of what exists within the workspace and its changing nature, but to influence the redesign, development, and

Conceptual approaches to wellbeing in buildings: a scoping review

ABSTRACT Several industry-led initiatives in various countries demonstrate a new interest in wellbeing and buildings. This paper adopts a scoping review method aiming to establish the most prevalent

A Partial Least Squares Analysis of the Perceived Impact of Sustainable Real Estate Design upon Wellbeing

Improving communities and the urban built environment to promote good health, wellness, and wellbeing has become a top priority globally. This growing trend, evident also in the Sustainable

Green Buildings and Health

Overall, the initial scientific evidence indicates better indoor environmental quality in green buildings versus non-green buildings, with direct benefits to human health for occupants of those buildings.

Impact of employee satisfaction with facilities on self-assessed productivity support

Purpose This paper aims to explore the relationship between satisfaction with buildings, facilities and services and perceived productivity support and to test whether the findings from a similar

Psychosocial job strain as a mediator between physical working conditions and symptoms associated with sick building syndrome

Abstract The purpose of this cross-sectional study was to examine whether psychosocial working conditions may be a mediator between indoor physical working conditions and the type of vague general

Exploring the impact of the physical work environment on service employees: an analysis of literature

Purpose The recent COVID-19 emergency has brought to light issues connected to physical work environment, particularly to offices and to its impact on service employees’ internal responses,



The impact of a 'green' building on employees' physical and psychological wellbeing.

This study looks at a longitudinal comparison of two groups that moved into South Africa's first GreenStar-accredited building and a group that did not, demonstrating that the 'green' building did not produce significantly better physical or psychological wellbeing, or higher perceived productivity.

The built environment and mental health

  • G. Evans
  • Psychology
    Journal of Urban Health
  • 2006
The built environment has direct and indirect effects on mental health, and personal control, socially supportive relationships, and restoration from stress and fatigue are all affected by properties of the built environment.


A comparative post-occupancy evaluation, based on occupant surveys of 22 ‘green design intent’ buildings and 23 conventional buildings in Australia has been undertaken by Leaman, Thomas and

Green buildings need good ergonomics

A retrospective post-occupancy evaluation survey of 44 occupants in two Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum buildings on a US college campus is reported, identifying a number of ergonomics design issues present in the LEED Platinum energy-efficient and sustainable buildings that were studied.

The Nature Contact Questionnaire: a measure of healthy workplace exposure.

The NCQ is the first known comprehensive, reliable and valid survey to measure nature contact, which allows research to compare forms of nature contact to best inform practice and design of healthy places.

The role of nature in the context of the workplace

At work but ill: psychosocial work environment and well‐being determinants of presenteeism propensity

Many studies have shown that an unfavourable psychosocial environment increases the risk of mental and physical illness, as well as absenteeism, or sickness absence. However, more costly than

Green ergonomics: definition and scope

The role for green ergonomics is set out based on an appreciation of the human–nature connections that have been integrated with the understanding of ergonomic science and practice.